Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017 End of Year Book Survey

Instead of my usual end of month wrap up I've decided to do Jamie's fab End of Year Survery. Doing this has made me realise I've had a pretty good reading year with so many 4 and 5 star reads. I haven't answered all the questions, so make sure you visit The Perpetual Page-Turner to get the full list and to link up.



Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 115
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best Book You Read In 2017?

I keep banging on about it so you can probably guess at The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Honestly, such an inventive and immersive world and deals with themes usually absent from epic fantasy.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Unlike some fans, I wasn't annoyed that Sarah J. Maas was going to pause Aelin's story for a story about Chaol but OMG Tower of Dawn was soooo drawn out and really should have been a novella. It kind of put me off Chaol too who was previously one of my favourite characters. Boo!

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I am going to say Ms Marvel just because I don't really like Marvel stuff but this comic is full of heart and humour.

Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

The Broken Earth trilogy obviously tops the list. For best sequel I'm picking something that I don't think is part of a larger series (remember when duologies were normal?); The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik. Best ending was Forever Geek just because I'll miss Harriet (and it was probably a good time to end).


Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Obviously just new to me but you guessed it, N.K. Jemisin. I'm so glad she has a decent body of work for me to dive into.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I'm not a big reader of literary fiction, especially not the experimental kind like Grief is the Thing with Feathers but I found it quite moving.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Illuminae was such a blast to read.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.


Most memorable character of 2017?

Essun (The Fifth Season). I feel it's a bit spoilery to say why but how her character is developed in the first book is so good.

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter reads like a beautiful poem.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

The message behind You Will Not Have My Hate is so so important, don't let hate win. Written with compassion and heartbreak, this is an ode to living your life in the face of tragedy.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Well I can believe I put it off because I don't think the blurb does it justice but Illuminae (which is always all over bookstagram and top ten lists).

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Better to be undignified for a few moments, than undignified for a lifetime.
- Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

A Dead Djinn in Cairo at 41 pages and Tower of Dawn (which definitely felt like the longest) at 660 pages.

Book That Shocked You The Most

Gather the Daughters was not what I was expecting it to be and it was such an uncomfortable read because, reading between the lines, it's basically about an island community full of paedophiles, but told from the poor girls' perspectives.


Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Frances and Aled in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts

Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I hadn't intended to read The Hate U Give but absolutely everyone was reading it and raving about it. The story is an important one, even though I didn't love the execution of it as much as others.

Best 2017 debut you read?

I didn't read a huge amount of new debuts last year, there are so many authors I already love it's hard to make time for unknown quantities! However I though When Dimple Met Rishi was super adorable.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Best world-building has to go to The Broken Earth trilogy (yeah, again) but I also loved the setting of Strange the Dreamer.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Potion Diaries: Going Viral, Amy Alward is so good at doing fun books.


Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

The Radium Girls, repeatedly and on public transport.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Radium Girls (because it's all real).

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Only because I read it recently and the anger still lingers but Moxie made me pretty pissed off that the sexism and harassment was just left to go unchecked at a school.

Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I love the challenges Read at Midnight hosts.

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Despite terrible weather, I loved visiting Oxford as part of the summer bookshop crawl.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Well, it's been a distracting year Out There and I have spent too much time reading terrible news or following threads of awfulness, which I am going to try not to do so much in 2018.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I'm pretty chuffed that this (based on views) is my Science Fiction vs Fantasy Bingo challenge, woohoo! The giveaway has ended but you can still sign up.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

So I wanted to diversify my reading in 2017. As many of you will relate to, when left to my own devices I was mainly reading white authors. So whilst I didn't complete Diversity Bingo, I still consider it successful in helping me readjust my book-selection habits.

I read 32 books by BAME authors which was 28% (I will aim for a similar percentage next year).

Prompts completed:
Diversity Bingo: 24/36
Read Harder: 16/24

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (how did you guess?).


Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Tom Pollock's White Rabbit, Red Wolf because it's been so long since his Skyscraper Throne trilogy ended.

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Legendary by Stephanie Garner (sequel to Caraval). Also excited for Record of a Spaceborn Few but I hope it's not the end of the series!

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Read more backlist titles, and I'm taking part in Beat the Backlist to help that goal.

A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Madeline Miller's new book Circe is excellent and I'll be reviewing it closer to publication but I have already been singing its praises. If you like Greek myhtology put this on your must buy list.

6 comments:

  1. Such a great list of books on here! I agree that When Dimple Met Rishi is one of the cutest books I've read in a while. I can't wait for her new book to come out. I have *yet* to read Illuminae, but I'm hoping to get to it this year, since I've heard such good things. I hope 2018 turns out just as great for you as last year! Happy reading!

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  2. I really have to get reading N.K. Jemisin, I'm pretty sure I have at least the first book somewhere...

    Seeing as you mentioned The Radium Girls, have you heard of The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander? It is about a Radium girl who meets a sentient elephant that is due to replace her. Not out til the end of the month I think, but I'm looking forward to it.

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    1. Yes, I have it on pre-order! I'd forgotten all about it but it was on someone's round-up on new releases and I tried to pre-order it again! :D I hadn't made the radium connection though so now I'm looking forward to it even more.

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  3. I hope 2018 will be the year I finally read a N.K. Jemisin book, I've been wanting to read her books for two years now, but still haven't for some insane, unknown reason.

    I've never heard about The Radium Girls, but now I'll have to check it out!

    Sad you didn't enjoy The Last Namsara, I own it, but seeing all these mixed reviews, I'm kind of scared to read it and waste my time.

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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    1. Did you mean The Last Namsara or Tower of Dawn? I just haven't got round to reading TLN yet!

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  4. I REALLY need to get round to Tower of Dawn. I know it'll annoy me if I haven't read it by the time the next one comes out, but I just can't bring myself to be excited about it.

    Judging by how much you loved it, I'll definitely need to read The Fifth Season soon.

    I agree about your views on The Hate U Give. I liked it and it's an important message, but I felt that the execution could have been better. I'd love to read an adult, or even a University, version of it.

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